Between Presence and Absence (Making Roots)

Between Presence and Absence (Making Roots)

by Natacha Sochat

Using painting, crocheting, and sculptural objects Natacha Sochat explores the the evanescent space between presence and absence as it pertains to being uprooted and making roots.


Natacha Villamia Sochat was born in New York City and is the oldest of 5 siblings whose parents were Cuban and Puerto Rican. She grew up in La Habana, Cuba and in the south Bronx where she attended the Bronx HS of Science.

She worked as a professional photographer in Berlin, Germany including freelance work for “Berlin Today” magazine. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Boston University (BA Biology with distinction, minor art history) and received her MD degree from Boston University School of Medicine. Her post-baccalaureate studies at Brandeis University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston included painting, printmaking, bookmaking, performance, drawing, photography, and video. She is a multidisciplinary artist and received her MFA in Studio Arts from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

She has taught at numerous places including School of the Museum of Fine Arts (painting), the New Hampshire Institute of Art (drawing and printmaking), and was Master Teacher in Studio Arts at the St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program (Concord, NH). She worked as a gallerist and curator in Boston. Her work has won numerous awards and has been in exhibitions throughout the United States. She was a member of the College Art Association and served on the Board of the Woman’s Caucus for Art (NH), including President WCA NH, Vice- President, and webmaster.

She prefers not to concretely explain each individual work beyond the title, but rather, that the viewer sees the work freshly. She uses iconography which has multilayered meaning. The style of a project is relevant to what she feels best fits its conceptual aspects. One of the things that she discovered was that art cannot escape being a sociological object. As an artist/scientist Natacha is aware that nature’s only constant is change. Complexity science, emergence, and chaos are processes she employs along with intuition.

She uses her hands to create the work as she feels that labor is a state to be valued. The hand is very important to the execution of her intellectual work.


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